Interested in being part of Neighbourhood Watch where you live in Braintree District ?
Then why not join Us! Contact us at [email protected].
On May 23rd Clive Stewart was re-elected Chairman & Treasurer, Celia Shute Vice Chair, Louise Smith Secretary and there were additional persons added to the Steering Group which was excellent. District Commander Martin Richards was guest speaker and was accompanied by PC James Draper, Terry Fowles EWLO and Diane Passfield Essex Fire & Rescue Service..It was very well attended.
Braintree District has a very active Neighbourhood Watch, with frequent events and initiatives all aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime throughout the district. Braintree District NW distributes FREE Window stickers, wheelie bin stickers, street signs, pens, and Essex County Neighbourhood Watch Members guides and valid Essex NW badges..We have a six monthly NW Newsletter with a print run of 2500 households and by email too. IF you would like a copy please email us...
Here are the details of our Constitution
We are determined to reduce the opportunity of crime in Braintree District so if you would like to assist or just want information, please send an email to Clive Stewart, our Chairman on [email protected].
Here are some amendments to our member's User Guide.
BRAINTREE DISTRICT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH REPORT TO ECNWA
TUESDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 2023
Braintree Police Station Open Day I attended and we managed a table or two from 09:30hrs to 14:00hrs..And it was a success in such we handed out information and promotional pens..BUT it was really for the family and their young children so did not expect to have any one sign on..
Talk to Probus ..Did a talk to Halstead Probus on Wednesday 6th September..which was well received..
Essex Police IAG ( Independent Advisory Group) So as Chairman of Braintree & Uttlesford IAG ( and Simon Attwood as my Deputy ) we both hope that our members can publish the information on their Facebook Groups and any communication with your members please. The next meeting is Tuesday 10th October by “Microsoft Teams” at 18:30hrs for an hour and is worth attending . The benefits I read out in my Chairman’s report for our AGM and District Commander Martin Richards did mention IAG in his talk at our AGM.
Witham I am delighted to confirm that we have a new Witham NW Co-ordinator Olatunde Biyi he is a Civil Servant and works full time so is unable to attend day meetings I have known him for some time and I asked him to take on the role as he has lived in Witham ( for over 20 years) ..and he agreed. Since Tunde agreed I have sent emails to all those who receive my newsletter to update them with a Special Witham NW newsletter on not only Tunde but also the Safety Streets Campaign and also showed them pictures of the new NW Items that I received from Braintree District Council..I asked them to confirm that they are keen to continue to be part of Neighbourhood Watch where they live. Sadly very few have replied but I was pleased to see the comments I read from those who are !!! My intention is that after a month I shall hand the list to Tunde but send the weekly newsletters myself..
Ashen The Co-ordinator has resigned after many years..well he is not been on good health and I have known him for over twenty years. In fact a year ago he was awarded a Certficate of Appreciation for all his years for managing Neighbourhood Watch. I have arranged for a notice to be placed on the village notice boards and on their Facebook Group asking for someone to take on the role. I still have one contact in the village who receives my newsletter ..
Finchingfield I am expecting £100 from the Parish Council soon which is great as it will cover many NW items that I have handed over. In fact the new Co-ordinator called at my home and was very pleased to be given so much information and items…This is great news as we did have a Scheme many years ago.
Wethersfield The good news is my contact in the village wants to increase the number of six monthly newsletters ..to 160 ..and that is great..But sadly no one wants to create a village scheme or be a Co-ordinator ..but that’s fine with me.
Halstead As you know I am part of the Safety Street Funding Group and the next area is Halstead..We have ringfenced £500 towards this campaign and Braintree District Council are matching that funding. In my Treasurer’s report you will see that I have already purchased items and starting my campaign .
National Neighbourhood Watch..Some but not many Co-ordinators in Braintree have registered with National NW and receive every so often newsletters and invitations to attend Co-ordinators training sessions..which is entirely your choice. I ack that National NW bring to the attention to all in the UK what Neighbourhood Watch is all about and do it very well . However they do encourage people to create schemes where they live and give ideas on what to hand out and in fact sell NW items ie street signs with a new NW logo ( see my next comment) at £6 each..plus information packages to help promote your schemes.. BUT sadly they do not make it very clear ( and this was asked of them by ECNWA to action many months ago and they agreed to do it ) is to advise any possible Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators that in Essex if you want have such a role you MUST be approved by your local District Co-ordinator via your local Neighbourhood Watch Association.
Braintree District NW Co-ordinators list to Essex Police.. Many years ago I was asked to give a list of Braintree District NW Co-ordinators and now after two years it has taken me quite a few weeks to update the list for PC James Draper and EWLO Terry Fowles they both appreciated receiving it as they replied with many thanks . I shall update it again in six months time
Essex Police Inspectors Tours.. Yes Simon Attwood and I managed a table in Braintree Police Station Open day on 15th August and he was good company. It really was a great day for families and their children .Sadly we did not have any volunteers for either Halstead or Witham despite my sending out over 40 emails ….an opportunity missed….
Clive Stewart..Chairman.. Braintree District NW 12TH September 2023